Kear aims to maintain Wakefield Wildcats’ momentum with cup success

John Kear
John Kear

WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats head coach John Kear is hoping that Sunday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup fourth round tie against Doncaster will provide his team with the chance to maintain their good run of results.

Trinity travel to the Keepmoat Stadium hot on the heels of a successful Easter period in which they celebrated exciting Super League victories over Castleford Tigers and Hull KR.

And Kear wants the positive results to continue, saying: “We have picked up four points out of six over Easter, which a lot of pundits wouldn’t have predicted, and we have a bit of momentum.

“The more you keep playing well the more confident you get in your ability and we need to maintain that.”

Kear is desperate for his team to make an impact on this year’s competition, saying: “After four games in the Challenge Cup you are at Wembley and it is a great opportunity to get into the quarter-finals, roll our sleeves up and see what happens.

“The players are excited about [the competition] and I have sensed that in training. They are delighted with what they have done in Super League but they really fancy a dig at this competition and I certainly do.”

The Wildcats will be favourites to progress past Co-operative Championship One side Doncaster but Kear is not getting complacent. He said: “I would rather play a lower league team than a Super League team, that is common sense but we have had a good look at Doncaster.

“We know their threats. They are enthusiastic and hard-working and they will front up to us so we have got to be able to cope with that.

“Priority number one is to respect your opposition and beat your opposition.”

Kear expects to name a strong side but Liam Higgins, Tyrone McCarthy and Gareth Moore are cup-tied.

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